Australia & New Zealand Public Policy Network Conference 2023

An informal collective of Australian and New Zealand scholars of public policy and public administration.

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The 2023 Public Policy Network Conference is now open for registration. This year’s conference will be hosted by UNSW Canberra at Old Parliament House. The conference will take place from Wednesday the 12th of April to Thursday the 13th of April 2023.

The Public Policy Network is an informal collective of Australian and New Zealand scholars of public policy and public administration. The annual conference provides an opportunity for scholars at all career levels to meet and network in a single-stream (no concurrent sessions) format. Presentations can range from early-stage research ideas to completed papers.

Dates and Times

Wednesday 12 & Thursday 13 April

9am – 5pm

Main Conference including Graduate Research Workshops

Evening, Wednesday 12 April

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Conversation with John Winston Howard OM AC, Jane Halton AO PSM, Karen Middleton and facilitated by John Warhurst AO


Old Parliament House at dusk

Call for papers

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS: Abstract submissions have now closed for 2023.

Further information

An Evening with Mr Howard, 5:30pm – 7:30pm: Join us on the night of the first day of the conference for drinks, canapes, and a facilitated discussion with John Winston Howard OM AC SSI on the historical challenges of implementing good and responsible public policy.

Mr Howard will be joined by Jane Halton AO PSM, Karen Middleton and the evening will be facilitated by John Warhurst AO.

All are welcome to attend this event and tickets cost $100. Book Here

Registration: Registrations are limited, please register here. Registration for the conference is $220 for in-person attendance and $70 for students.  Conference tickets include access to the in conversation with Mr Howard event (please do not purchase a separate ticket). 

If you cannot attend the conference in person, please select the online registration option.

Accommodation: For those looking for accommodation, the conference has organised a 15% discount with the Realm HotelBurbury HotelBrassey Hotel and the Little National Hotel.  To take advantage of the accommodation discount please visit the websites directly and follow the links to make a reservation.  Enter the booking code EVENT in order to receive the 15% discount.  Alternatively please call reservations advising which hotel you would like and quote the code EVENT. Central Reservations: +61 2 6163 1888

Dinner: We are considering having a conference dinner on the evening of the 13th for people who are remaining in Canberra and those going to the graduate workshop. More details will follow to people who register for the conference.

Venue: Due to the success in recent years, the 2023 Public Policy Network Conference will be hosted as a hybrid event. We will have conference rooms booked at Old Parliament House for presenters to meet in person. Audience members based outside Canberra, and those based in Canberra who are not able to meet in person, will be able to join the event online. 

A graduate research workshop will be included within the main conference.

Presenters will be given time to deliver their presentations, and dedicated discussants will provide personalised feedback.


Please direct all queries to Gabriel Helleren-Simpson at

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